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Lyrics are not the only thing at play,
though. While it's not universally true if
you include avant-garde shows, you
might as well tell yourself that no one will
ever air a song over 3 minutes long. That
doesn't mean the 4:20 album version
needs to be thrown away-that's another
opportunity to give a fan something
more. But whenever possible, do yourself
a favor: do another "save as", and edit a
version with less intro, a shorter guitar
solo, whatever it takes to get in the
3:00-3:10 sweet spot. Just like with
lyrics, it may help to perform this ahead
of time.
Alternative mixes
One of the biggest possible revenue
streams requiring the least amount of
fame, as well as one of the best ways to
develop great industry connections, is
licensing. This is another hot topic lately,
and for good reason... but all you have to
do is watch TV for an hour, and you will
realize that however clean you made that
previously raunchy lyric, you probably
won't hear it behind a movie or TV scene.
You may want to write instrumentals, but
first do another "save as" and print your
mix without vocals. You can also do one

with the backing vocals in, but make sure
you've got one that has zero words whatsoever. Great lyricists may resist this, but a
song without words is usually more valuable to a video production. Why? Two reasons: one, movies and TV shows have dialog, and lyrics clash; and two, your lyrics

instrumental with less reverb on the instruments, for venues where the room is
already pretty live. Oh, and don't forget
that DJs like to have a cappella versions
they can pair with alternative beats, so
print a vocal-only mix.
That's not the end of alternative mixes.

tell a story, and that story probably doesn't
fit. Without words, though, your track might
go great with the story on the screen.
As an added bonus, if you're a vocalist with no band, you can use instrumentals as performance mixes for live shows.
If you're very detailed, you might print an

Remember when you edited the length of
your radio mixes? You'll want to do that
again for licensing libraries. Start with 30,
60 and 90 second versions. While you're
at that, you'll probably want some 30-45
second promo clips for your website. Make
both vocal and non-vocal versions of these.


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